September 18, 2013
Cable news network HLN has named Albie Hecht executive vice president and general manager, effective Sept. 30. Hecht founded Spike TV, and he’s also a former president at Nickelodeon. He’s currently chief executive officer of Worldwide Biggies, a digital entertainment studio.
Oxygen Media has named Jennifer Young vice president of ad sales marketing, based in New York and reporting to senior vice president of marketing Puja Vohra. Young was previously vice president of strategic and integrated marketing at CBS Local Media.
HBO has signed Susan Lacy to a multi-year deal under which she will produce and direct documentaries for the network. Lacy created and executive produced the PBS series “American Masters.”
USA has named Cat Greenleaf host of its new daytime programming block, starting on Sept. 24. The block runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Greenleaf also hosts the show “Talk Stoop” on NBC’s New York affiliate.
ABC Family has signed on Rosie O’Donnell for a guest role on its drama “The Fosters,” playing a woman who works in the foster care system over three episodes. O’Donnell’s most recent TV appearance was on “Web Therapy.”
Carleen Herndon has been named vice president of business development at MindShare Strategies, a marketing firm that works with the transportation and logistics industries. Herndon was previously an account executive.
Reuters has named Jim Roberts digital executive editor, a new position beginning Feb. 25. Roberts was most recently assistant managing editor at The New York Times.
Nancy Barnes has been named editor at The Houston Chronicle after serving as senior vice president and editor at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2007. Barnes joined the Star Tribune in 2003 from the Raleigh News & Observer.
Politico has brought in Geoffrey Gagnon as editorial director, beginning on Sept. 23. Gagnon was previously senior editor at The Atlantic, and before that he was at Boston magazine.
Fox has brought in actor Taye Diggs to guest on “New Girl” during its new season, playing a guy who is attracted to Zooey Deschanel’s character. Diggs will appear in an episode along with former “Happy Endings” actor Damon Wayans Jr., who had a role in the “New Girl” pilot but was replaced when “Endings” was unexpectedly picked up for a second season by ABC.
Former president Bill Clinton will guest on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, making his ninth appearance on the show. Also guesting on “Letterman” during CBS’s premiere week are Cher, Robin Williams and Steve Martin.